Author: East Texas Review

Cornyn, Heitkamp Introduce Bill to Help Victims of Domestic Violence Access Safe Housing

HEALS Act Will Prioritize Funding, Increase Flexibility for Victims’ Housing U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) today introduced the Helping End Abusive Living Situations (HEALS) Act to prioritize funding for domestic violence victims’ transitional housing, increase flexibility in transitional housing programs in communities so that victims can get back on their feet, and direct the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to research more housing options to support victims of domestic violence. “Far too many bureaucratic hurdles stand between victims of domestic violence and access to safe housing,” said Sen. Cornyn. “This bill starts...

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Smith County Fire Marshal Warns of High Fire Danger

Although Smith County is not currently under a burn ban, the Smith County Fire Marshal is urging residents to be extremely cautious. Smith County Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson is asking people to refrain from burning until the area sees a substantial amount of rainfall. There is a chance of rain this weekend. With the low humidity and high winds, the fire danger is extremely high right now, she said. With the New Year’s fireworks season approaching, Mrs. McCoy-Wasson cautioned residents who may use fireworks to be extremely careful. If fireworks cause a fire, the person setting them can be held liable, she said. On Wednesday, December 13, the National Weather Service out of Shreveport, La., issued a fire danger statement. “A very dry air mass and strong southwest winds will result in an enhanced risk for wildfires …,” it reported. “Extreme care is urged during all outdoor activities where there is a potential for grass fires and for fires to start and spread rapidly. Avoid outdoor burning of trash and do not toss lit cigarette butts outside, especially from a moving vehicle where winds can quickly fan a...

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Cornyn Praises Confirmation of Justice Don Willett for Fifth Circuit

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett to fill a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit: “Through his principled service on the Texas Supreme Court, Justice Willett has proven his devotion to justice and the rule of law,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I am proud to have recommended him to the White House for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and I have no doubt he will continue to serve Texas and the nation well.” Sen. Cornyn and...

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Longview Transit accommodates for holidays

R&K Distributors to bankroll “Safe Ride Home” ETR Staff Report Longview Transit is collaborating with R&K (Budweiser) Distributors in a “Safe Ride Home” program on New Year’s Eve. This will be the tenth straight year Longview Transit will supply free-of-charge rides home to anyone inside the Longview city limits from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on New Year’s Eve/morning. Anyone needing a ride should call (903) 753-2287, extension 10 or visit the website at www.longviewtransit.com. This curb-to-curb personal transportation will carry passengers to any point within the city limits. Although the service is being offered to the public as...

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